Legal Officer Job at NEPAD

Monday, October 3, 2016
Duty Station : 
Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
Senior Legal Officer
Key Performance Areas
Under the supervision of the Senior Legal Officer, the Legal Officer will be responsible for providing advice on a wide range of legal issues relating to the functions, structures and activities of the NEPAD Agency. The role will provide quality in-house legal services and draft agreements between the NEPAD Agency and third parties.
In addition to the above generality, the incumbent shall provide the following specific duties and responsibilities:
1. Support the Senior Legal Officer to develop, implement and interpret internal legislation;
2. Provide legal advice and assistance; draft, vet and revise legal documentation relating to the structure and administration of NPCA’S MoUs, with other international organizations experts and consultants;
3. Provide legal support to the preparation, negotiation and finalization of legal instruments of cooperation between the NPCA, bilateral and multilateral development partners;
4. Manage and direct the NPCA’s representation in litigation, arbitration, and other administrative or legal proceedings, including internal administrative reviews, appellate and judicial proceedings; and other matters in which the NPCA is a party or may have an interest;
5. Provide legal services and assistance in connection with all administrative and human resources management matters, the acquisition of goods and services for the NPCA including preparing, reviewing, concluding all contracts and other legal instruments and advising on all legal matters relating to administrative and personnel matters;
6. Undertake research and provide recommendations to senior management of significant developments, emerging opportunities and challenges in areas of responsibility.
7. Conduct legal due diligence on proposed projects and provide comprehensive legal opinions on NPCA’s portfolio.
8. Offer legal opinion during project / programme development processes.
9. Verify all supporting legal documentation and ensure authenticity and accuracy.
10. Provide legal support in the preparation, negotiation and finalization of legal instruments of cooperation between NPCA, bilateral and multilateral development partners.
11. Periodically monitor compliance to NPCA’s agreements by all parties.
12. Manage all records within the unit according to set standards.

Job requirements
i. Excellent technical competence in handling legal/policy issues.
ii. Excellent communication, writing and editing skills.
iii. Ability to perform multiple tasks and work under pressure with a wide range of individuals and institutions.
iv. Able to work under minimal supervision, be proactive, initiative and with sound judgment.
v. High level of accuracy, attention to detail and thoroughness.
vi. Maintain confidentiality at the highest level at all times.
vii. High level of integrity and accountability, flexible approaches to work coupled with enthusiasm, commitment and energetic.
viii. Ability to leverage limited resources and staff for maximum impact.
ix. Creative thinking and problem solving skills.
x. Good organisation, planning and time management skills.
xi. Sound analytical skills.
xii. Excellent interpersonal skills.
xiii. Ability to work in a multi-cultural and multi-national environment.
xiv. Ability to work with others as a team and take direction.
xv. Experience in working with an international organisation.

Education and Experience: A Bachelor’s degree in law with five (5) years of experience, at least three (3) of which should be obtained in an international organisation, public or government setting. Professional certification in the discipline will be considered highly.

Applications must be received not later than Monday 3 October 2016 and should be addressed to:
Head of Human Resources
NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency
P O Box 218
Midrand, 1685
South Africa
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